RepositorySpecial Collections Archives (GB 0029)
Ref NoEUL MS 206
Datec 1932-2002
Extent6 boxes
TitleDaphne du Maurier manuscripts: editorial papers of Sheila Hodges
DescriptionThis collection of papers consists of a number of edited typescripts of Daphne du Maurier's published works as edited by Sheila Hodges. The following typescripts are contained (they are mainly du Maurier originals):

'Golden Lads' (1946), 'The Scapegoat' (1957), 'The Flight of the Falcon' (1963), 'The Infernal World of Branwell Bronte' (1966), 'Vanishing Cornwall' (1967), 'The House on the Strand' (1969), stories from 'Not After Midnight' (1971) (later published as 'Don't Look Now'), 'The Winding Stair' (1976), 'Growing Pains' (1977) (later published as 'Myself When Young') and 'The Rebecca Notebook' (1981). Also included is a copy of a journal article by Sheila Hodges on her editorial collaboration with Daphne du Maurier.

Almost all of the typescripts have been annotated in pen by du Maurier, and in pencil by her editor Hodges.

Additional papers in the form of bound annotated photocopies of letters from Du Maurier to Leo Walmsley, novelist (1892-1966), c 1932-1948 were added to the collection in 2002.
Admin HistorySheila Hodges joined the publishing firm of Victor Gollancz in 1936, becoming Assistant Managing Director in 1943 to take charge of the editorial department. Taking over from Daphne du Maurier's previous editor who had been called up during the war, she edited the works of Daphne du Maurier over a period spanning nearly forty years from 1943-1981. Even from the start of this collaboration, du Maurier was already well-established as a world-famous writer and had published six novels and two biographies. Leaving Gollancz in 1953, Hodges continued to work as a freelance editor and reader for Gollancz and other publishing houses. Author of eight published works herself, these include a biography of the Mozartian librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte and histories of Gollancz and Dulwich College. She has also contributed articles to the 'Women's History Review', 'Opera Quarterly' and 'Music Review'.

Daphne du Maurier (1907-1989) was the daughter of the actor Sir Gerald Du Maurier (1873-1934), and his wife Muriel, and the granddaughter of the artist and novelist George Louis Palmella Busson du Maurier (1834-1896). She grew up in Cumberland Terrace, London, and Cannon Hall, Hampstead, but the family developed strong links with Cornwall after buying a riverside house near Fowey, and it was in Cornwall that Daphne settled. She began publishing stories and articles in 1928; her first novel, 'The Loving Spirit', was published in 1931 by Heineman. There followed 'The Progress of Julius' (Heineman, 1933) and 'Gerald, a portrait' (Gollancz, 1934) before her first enduring success, 'Jamaica Inn', which was published by Gollancz in 1936. Two years later she published her most significant and best-loved novel, 'Rebecca'. Besides these she published a number of other novels, short-stories and biographical portraits, blending history and literary art in some, while developing her own unique vision of the macabre in others. She published one volume of autobiography, 'Growing Pains', about her early life in 1977. In 1932 she married Frederick A M Browning, later Lieutenant-General Sir Frederick (d 1965); they had one son and two daughters.
Access StatusOpen
Related MaterialThe library holds the following papers relating to Daphne du Maurier and her family, EUL MS 144, 206, 207, 276, 301, 307, 341, 342, 346, 351, 354, 359, 363, 400, 456, 462 463, 464. Other papers of Daphne du Maurier, particularly her letters, are held at many other repositories including the following: Bath Reference Library; Bodleian Library; BBC Written Archives Centre; British Library Department of Manuscripts; Cambridge University Library; Eton College Library; Manchester University (John Rylands Library); National Library of Scotland; Princeton University Library Manuscripts Division, USA; Rhodes House Library; University of Durham Library; University of Bradford Library; University of Bristol Library; University of Warwick (Modern Records Centre); West Yorkshire Archive Service. Sound recordings of interviews with du Maurier are held at the British Library National Sound Archive. Papers relating to George du Maurier are held at the following repositories: Pierpont Morgan Library, USA; Huntington Library, USA; Victoria and Albert Museum (National Art Library); National Library of Scotland; Dorset County Museum. Papers relating to Guy du Maurier (1865-1915) are held at the Houghton Library, Harvard University, USA. A duplicate copy of the Sylvia Llewelyn-Davies memorial photograph album (EUL MS 207/3/1) is held at the National Portrait Gallery.
Access ConditionsUsual EUL arrangements apply.
Creator_NameMaurier, Daphne du (1907-1989); author
Hodges; Sheila; author and editor (d. 2015)
Mgt_GroupLiterary papers
DS/UK/118Maurier; Daphne du (1907-1989); author1907-1989
DS/UK/196Hodges; Sheila (fl 1936-1981); author and editorfl 1936-1981
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